#Schedules17-18: Terry Parker Is In

Our 41st schedule has come in this morning!

While we were backgrounding on 2A-District 3, we got our 30th Northeast schedule with Terry Parker’s email, our fourth schedule from that district.


The Braves have frequently been a hub for wrestling activity in the city, and this year is no exception. Parker will kick off the season with a hosting gig, the Arlington Optimist Invitational, on December 1st and 2nd, its traditional season-opener. On the following Friday, the 8th, the Braves will travel to Orange Park for the Raider 6-Way event, a one-day duals event.

Duals will be the format for the Braves in closing out December and going into the new year. After OPHS, Parker will go to the Yulee Duals on December 15-16, then will make its perennial trip to Kissimmee for Harmony’s Longhorn Duals event, which moved a week back on the calendar. This year, it’ll be staged on December 22-23, and will be Parker’s last event for 2017.

To kick off 2018, Parker will engage in FHSAA post-season district duals, with 2A-3 being hosted by Ridgeview on January 4. The Braves’ next regular-season competition will be January 12-13, their traditional Army Duals two-day event that is a fixture for the second weekend in that month. Gateway Conference, at Sandalwood on January 19-20, will be the Braves’ first IBT since Optimist. Parker girls wrestlers will also compete in Cypress Creek’s Lady Bear Classic on January 20.

The regular season will come to a conclusion for the Brave varsity on January 26-27, when the Braves will host the two-day Parker Duals. Terry Parker will host 2A-District 3 once again this year, moving the date to Friday this year (2 p.m. start).

So that’s 41 schedules. Who’s 42?? YOUR SCHOOL??

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#NextLevel: Life Women Open Season Saturday

WILLIAMSBURG, KY — The Life University women’s wrestling team, which includes Gulf Breeze alum Zoe Wight, started its competitive season on Saturday with three duals at the Patriot Duals hosted by the University of the Cumberlands.

Life dropped duals against Campbellsville (KY)’s B side, 25-23, 38-8 to Cumberlands and 36-9 to Campbellsville A on Saturday. Wrestling continued on Sunday, but I did not see results on either Life’s or Cumberlands’ websites.

Wight also was 0-3 on the day Saturday, with a loss by fall in 1:25 to Campbellsville B’s Lexi Foca while competing at 143. Later, at 155, Wight lost by fall to Cumberlands’ Kailee Godinez in 46 seconds, and took a 10-0 tech fall loss to Campbellsville A’s Morgan Bockor.

I did not see fellow Life roster member Nadine Fiege (Sandalwood ’15) in any of the three dual results on Saturday.

Life is now off until October 28, when the Eagles will travel to Belleville, IL, to face Lindenwood University in a dual.

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#HarpStrong: NFWA Grind Raises $1400

Pretty good turnout today at NFWA for the Grind for Andy event. I didn’t get there until late but got some good Southern on and rapped with some folks. Good to almost get run over by wrestlers going full-go in a room, smell the sweat (and yes, it smells like victory) and catch up.

NFWA raised $1400 today. I saw a few different cars from South Florida as well. Good, good stuff. We’re family. We take care of each other.

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Creekside’s Tristan Diaz (left) and Fleming Island’s Trace Insalaco tie up during a scrap Saturday afternoon at North Florida Wrestling Academy in Green Cove Springs. NFWA hosted a four-hour grind, with all proceeds set to benefit the Andy Harp family (Photo by Shannon Heaton).

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#Schedules17-18: Baker County Is In

Baker County’s schedule is in!

Actually, the Wildcats sent it days ago to one of my Twitter accounts that I usually only get fleeting looks at during the pre-season — and on Friday nights in the fall. So, I saw it tonight at the Trinity-Ponte Vedra game (it’s a shame Trinity doesn’t have wrestling). The Wildcats are our 40th schedule, 29th on the Northeast side and fourth from 1A-District 3.


Baker County will begin the 2017-18 season in a familiar spot. The Wildcats will once again travel to Bishop Snyder on the first Saturday in December, the 2nd, for the Cardinals’ one-day duals event, the North Florida Duals. I then have, as of now, the next date as December 12th, when Baker will host Bradford and Fernandina Beach in a double dual that night.

The Wildcats will wrap up competition in December with another midweek dual at home, this one against district rival Westside on the 14th. From there, Baker will be off from competition until FHSAA district duals in early January. 1A-District 3’s version of the duals will be held on the 3rd and hosted by Yulee.

There’s some air in the calendar after that, as the Wildcats don’t have anything after district duals until January 25, when they’ll host FSDB. From there, they will go to Yulee for the Battle on the Border on January 26-27.

Regular-season competition for the Wildcats will be completed on February 3, when Baker County will compete in the Westside Duals. If you have an open date, I think the Wildcats may be able to work with you.

That’s 40 schedules in hand! Who’s going to be NEXT??

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#Schedules17-18: Marianna Is In

We have our 39th schedule of the season tonight, as Marianna came in while I was at small group tonight. It’s our 11th schedule from the Northwest side of the coverage area and fourth out of 1A-District 1.


Marianna’s first event in December will be on the first weekend, December 1-2, as the Bulldogs will compete in district rival South Walton’s Border Wars, a 24-team event that has both individual pool and IBT components to it. Marianna will travel a bit further on Week 2, heading over to Chiles on the weekend (December 8-9) for the Capital City Classic IBT event.

The Bulldogs will engage in FHSAA district dual competition on Thursday, December 14, hosting 1A-1’s duals event. They’ll have one more event before the new year, competing in Ft Walton Beach’s two-day duals tournament, Beast of the Beach, at the Emerald Coast Convention Center, located on Okaloosa Island in Ft Walton Beach on December 21-22. Then, to kick off January, Marianna will make an out-of-state visit to Birmingham, ALA, to compete in Hoover HS’ Scott Rohrer Invitational, a two-day round-robin event on January 5-6.

With the possibility of regional dual activity on January 11, the next regular-season competition for the Bulldogs will be the Trojan Invitational, Lincoln’s one-day IBT on January 13. As of now, Marianna is scheduled to compete in Wewahitchka’s Gator Brawl, a two-day round-robin event in prior seasons, on January 19-20.

The Bulldogs will close out the regular season with big events on both sides of the state. First up will be the two-day dual event hosted by North Bay Haven and staged at Rutherford, the North Bay Haven Bash, on January 26-27. Then, in the first weekend of February, Marianna will make the trek across the state to Clay, to compete in the Green Cove Springs Rotary on February 2-3.

That makes 39 schedules in hand. Who’s going to be 40?? Will it be YOUR SCHOOL??

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#Schedules17-18: Crestview Is In

Nice to have Crestview back in.

Speaking of which, the Bulldogs are our 38th team to turn in their schedule. It’s the 10th out of the Northwest area (Gulf & Tallahassee) and second from 2A-District 1.


Crestview will begin the season in the same location as their district rival, Tate, as both Panhandle teams will be traveling across the state to Fleming Island for the Robert “Keystone” Northway Invitational two-day round-robin event on the first weekend of December, the 1st and 2nd. Week 2 on the Bulldogs’ schedule has a heavy Gulf Breeze flavor, as Crestview will host the Dolphins in a midweek dual on December 6th and then compete in Gulf Breeze’s tournament event, which I’ve seen as both a one- and two-day event. I’m pretty certain it’s the weekend of Week 2 in December.

After that, Crestview’s next competition will be on Saturday, December 16, for FHSAA district duals in 2A-1. The Bulldogs will then compete in Ft Walton Beach’s Best of the Beach (again here, there’s a slight date discrepancy, I’ve seen both the 20th-21st and 21st-22nd as dates for Beast). That is a larger two-day duals event at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. After Christmas, the Bulldogs will go back to Tate for the Aggies’ one-day holiday tournament on December 30.

Crestview will kick off January with a road-trip to Hoover HS in Birmingham, ALA, for the Scott Rohrer Invitational, a two-day round-robin event on January 5-6, then will go to Mosley on the 12th and 13th for the Panhandle Classic, which has been a duals event in the past. They’ll stay in the Panhandle for Wewahitchka’s Gator Brawl on January 19-20, with that being round-robin, and then go to Panama City (Rutherford) for the North Bay Haven Bash on January 26-27.

There are two events in February on Crestview’s calendar. For the first time at least since Matmen started coverage (we’re only in Year 3, to be fair), a Northwest team will compete in Brandon’s Tony Ippolito two-day IBT event on February 2-3. The Bulldogs will then wrap up the regular season with an away dual at Gulf Breeze on February 8. Crestview will host the 2A-District 1 tournament on February 17.

So there’s 38. Will we hit 40 today?? Will YOUR school be NEXT??

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Master Schedule Updated

We’ve added info on Saturday’s NFWA benefit for Andy Harp and his family, which we had posted on last week here and here. We’ve also added I Own Florida dates for the Northeast region. Going to start looking around for middle school/junior high dates. If you’ve got them for your particular program (I know where the dates of one Clay County program are), email the site at the addresses located on the home page of the site you’re reading right now. (* I’d write them out in this post, but I tend to get invitations from Nigerian princes when I do, and those guys are a PAIN). Coaches who already have my work email are welcome to use that to send those in.

As we mentioned last night, we crossed the halfway point with regards to schedules. You can see which ones I have, and you can see which ones I still need. Please help our efforts out by encouraging your coaches to submit their schedules, if he has not already. I have all but one schedule for St Johns County and all but two for Clay (to be fair, one of those is a first-year program), so we’re pretty close in those counties. I’m oh-fer in Nassau and have far too many out in Duval. We’re well over halfway through Tallahassee’s. We only just got out first 2A Gulfside schedule yesterday and have about 10-25% of 2A and 1A District 1. So while there’s lots of progress made, there’s still lots of process to complete. And we #BelieveInTheProcess around this place.

For now, we’re starting back into the #TurkeyNWrestling2017 project. Just five Thursdays from today…

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